Gripping is one way to describe the way this book affected my life for almost two days. It was near impossible for me to put it down, and when I did I continued to think about the characters.
Tandi Jo, the main character, is admittedly a bad mom who is making huge changes in her life in order to become a better mom, and person. As she and her two kids kids run from her dangerous past, they land in the small community of Hatteras Island. They barely scrape by while Tandi looks for work, but when her landlord, Iola Anne Poole, passes away Tandi finds herself with the job of cleaning out Iola’s home.
While cleaning, Tandi hears strange noises, sees shadows, doors open then close, and then there was the cat. How in the world was the cat getting in and out of the house? My first thought was that Iola’s ghost was there to guide her.
Tandi ventured into the blue room, where she found Iola’s dead body just days before, and found eighty-one decorated boxes neatly stacked in the closet. After opening one of the boxes, she discovered that her landlord was writing letters to her father but never sent them. She started with the first letter written, and found herself completely absorbed in Iola’s life. Then she figured out that Iola wasn’t writing her father, but was writing her Father, my Father, and your Father.
There were all kinds of rumors milling around town about Iola Anne Poole, but Tandi had the inside scoop and she was completely hooked. She found herself waking up in the middle of the night sneaking over to the big house to read some more of her letters.
Life starts looking up for Tandi and the kids. She makes friends, finds a job, and much more.
I love the way Lisa Wingate writes. She is so descriptive that it took me from my front porch to Iola’s house, the gift shop, the cottage, and even the grocery store. I felt like I was there, until my phone would buzz.
One of the nicest things about reading is meeting new friends characters. Laugh if you want, but I felt connected to these characters and I didn’t want their story to end. I found myself thinking of the book long after I had finished reading it, and I can tell you what happens next. I really hope Lisa Wingate writes a sequel to this one.
I received a free ARC of this title from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for me honest review.
Honestly, I loved it!